In training to participate in an inevitable war against the Restablishment, protagonist Juliette Ferrars should feel at home at rebellion HQ – Omega Point.
In addition to not being a prisoner (in an asylum) anymore, Unravel Me sees Juliette Ferrars surrounded by scores of other people with abilities.
However, a major plot point of the second instalment focuses on Juliette withholding information critical to the rebellion’s plans – Warner can touch her too. But does he have powers, similar to Adam? Or is there another reason for this ability?
This drew away from the story, in my opinion (You can only mention something so many times before it starts getting a bit repetitive), but destructions reigns supreme as the commander and his orders continue to ravage Sector 45.
With Adam undergoing testing in an attempt to understand why only he can touch Juliette (You’d think), a battle is brewing above ground.
Character growth in both Juliette and Warner is exponential, but with this comes the dreaded love triangle that a lot of novels seem to have these days. Unravel Me sees Juliette finally beginning to find her voice and become accustomed to life for mutants? Meta-humans? As she learns what it means to use that voice for good, for both herself and the world she so dearly loves.
I’ve seen a number of people fascinated with Warner, and that’s a bit uncomfortable, to be honest. Warner is broken and psychotic – but he’s also somewhat the villain we love to hate that seems to have a much larger role in the story of Juliette Ferrars and this new world.
I’m neither Team Adam not Team Warner at this stage of working through the series.
Looking back at the overall story arch of 'Unravel Me', quite early on, some of Juliette and Adam’s new comrades are abducted while on patrol by soldiers led by Warner’s father, who demands a meeting with Juliette. The resistance is able to come away from the meeting with a hostage, Warner.
The bloated relationship drama takes priority over the captive resistance members in the buildup to the climax, which finally brings action before setting up the next novel.
I’m really hoping for a lesser focus on the romance, but I’m still keen to see what happens.
And maybe, just maybe, Juliette will actually learn how to use the backbone she’s started to develop in Unravel Me. My heart aches for Adam though, but hey… The first heartbreak is always the worst.
“Unravel Me” gets the same rating as its predecessor – 3.5 starts out of 5.
Also, if you're a Red Queen fan like me? You'd like to know that this series draws some inspiration from there too!
The thrilling second installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.
It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.
She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.